See the Spectacular Blue Whale Exhibition at the ROM

Out of the Depths: The Blue Whale Story, a new original exhibition currently on display at the ROM, tells the tragic story of nine rare blue whales that became trapped in ice and died off the coast of Newfoundland in 2014. Blue whales usually sink when they die, but in an unusual occurrence, two of the blue whales washed ashore in Trout River and Rocky Harbour, Newfoundland and Labrador, offering an extraordinary opportunity for research. Their story captured the hearts of millions.

In cooperation with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans and Research Casting International, the ROM travelled to the site to recover the skeletons, DNA samples, and other important biological information. The result of that work brings this astonishing exhibition; and at the centerpiece, a colossal, fully-articulated blue whale skeleton. At 80 feet, it's one of the largest, most complete displays of its kind in the world.

Visitors will come face to face with the massive eighty-foot skeleton of Blue, and discover the incredible biology of blue whales; the unbelievable size of their heart, their odd feeding behaviour, how they communicate and their evolution from land to sea. Find out how the ROM is studying their DNA to unlock some of the mysteries surrounding these gigantic creatures and gain insight into the global decline of the blue whale population, and what is being done to protect the world’s largest animal ever.

Out of the Depths: The Blue Whale Story is a once-in-a-lifetime exhibition that visitors will not soon forget,” says Josh Basseches, ROM Director and CEO. "It also highlights the ROM's standing as a world-leading centre of scientific research and conservation. Through new and original work, ROM experts play a vital role in advancing our global understanding of the natural and cultural world.

What's in it for the kids? In addition to the rare opportunity to getting up close with the world's largest creature, young visitors can dive into the history of this ocean giant through many interactive, hands-on, marine-themed activities, all designed to bring the mysterious world of the blue whale to life. There are plenty of activity stations and panels to help kids understand the evolution of whales, when they were once land creatures until their adaptation to water. Watch documentaries of the recovery efforts; dress like a Krill, the blue whale's primary diet; and weigh-in to see how many of ‘you’ it would take to equal Blue’s 150 tonne weight. Out of the Depths: The Blue Whale Story is a must-see on your list of things to do!

Out of the Depths: The Blue Whale Story –– the cornerstone of the ROM’s exhibition program to commemorate Canada and Ontario’s 150th anniversary, is on display now until September 4, 2017. Find out more at

Recovery (c) Jacqueline Waters

Recovery (c) Jacqueline Waters

Recovery (c) Jacqueline Waters

Heart (c) Jacqueline Miller

Bone Measuring in Trenton (c) Fatima Ali
Photo credit: (c) Royal Ontario Museum
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